September, 2017
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Core courses to be offered at International Congress in Prague

ISPCAN invites all child maltreatment professionals to Prague this September 2-5 to connect with and learn from colleagues from all over the world at our XXII International Congress. This year's Congress will offer for the first time a slate of six Core Skill-Building Sessions, presented by foremost experts in the CAN field. Topics include:

  • Understanding the Role of the Healthcare Professional in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Suspected Child Abuse
  • Neglected Children and Prevention: Principles for Practice
  • The Medical Evaluation and Treatment of the Physically Abused Child
  • Assessing the Impact of Child Abuse/Trauma & Presenting Assessment Findings to Non-Offending Caregiver to Enhance Therapy Engagement
  • Overview of the Implementation of the PRACTICE Components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Developing and Using Law and Policy to Further Child Protection

Participants in these sessions will earn CEUs. Registration opens soon on the conference website

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children holds inaugural summit
ISPCAN President Bernard Gerbaka and HM Queen Silvia of Sweden were among the presenters at the first-ever End Violence Solutions Summit, held in Stockholm February 14-15. Organized by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the summit brought together representatives from governments, the UN, civil society, the private sector, and academia as well as children themselves to share innovative solutions for preventing and responding to violence against boys and girls. The summit represents a major milestone toward the goal of the Partnership: to end all forms of violence and exploitation of children by 2030 as part of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in Agenda 2030. Click here to read the Solutions Summit Proclamation.
Featured member resource: Medical Curriculum
Developed for medical professionals and students in medical fields, ISPCAN's Medical Curriculum provides an in-depth introduction to the skills needed to diagnose, treat, and advocate for children who have been abused and neglected. Based on 28+ hours of didactics and case discussion, the modules cover Social and Developmental Impact; Taking a Medical History; Physical Abuse; Sexual Abuse; Psychological Maltreatment; Neglect; Human Trafficking; MDT Identification and Evaluation; and Testifying in Court. Available for members on our Learn page. If you have any questions about the Medical Curriculum or any of our resources, please contact us at
Join us for our March webinar on high-conflict divorce
Dr. Esmah Lahlah, ISPCAN Councilor and assistant professor of developmental victimology at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg in the Netherlands, will present the webinar High-Conflict Divorce as a Form of Child Abuse on March 10 at 10:00 a.m. MST (U.S.). Dr. Lahlah will discuss the nature of high-conflict divorces, explore definitional issues and subtypes, and consider professional intervention by building on Belsky's developmental-ecological theory. Such a framework assesses parental behavior and parent-child interactions while considering the individual, family, community, culture, and how they all interact. Webinars are free for ISPCAN members and $20 for non-members. To register, please visit our Events page.
ISPCAN International Journal selects Paper of the Year
Congratulations to Beth Molnar of Northeastern University and her co-authors for winning Paper of the Year in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. Their 2016 study looked at neighborhood data in Chicago to reveal consistent associations between social processes and child maltreatment. They found that neighborhoods with higher collective efficacy, stronger social networks, and less disorder had fewer cases of child abuse and neglect, indicating that prevention strategies at the neighborhood level may be more effective than individual- or family-focused efforts alone. 
Taking care of you
Feeling sad, anxious, out of control, detached? Working closely with traumatized children can take its toll on CAN professionals. But before you can get help, it's important to be able to identify secondary traumatic stress and related conditions. The U.S.-based National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers these research-based definitions:
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress refers to the presence of PTSD symptoms caused by at least one indirect exposure to trauma. 
  • Compassion Fatigue is used interchangeably with Secondary Traumatic Stress but is considered less stigmatizing
  • Vicarious Trauma refers to the changes in a therapist's inner experience, resulting from empathetic engagement with a traumatized client. It focuses more on cognitive changes rather than trauma symptoms.
  • Burnout refers to emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a decreased feeling of personal accomplishment.
  • Compassion Satisfaction refers to the positive feelings trauma professionals experience when they do their work competently and believe their work is making a meaningful contribution to individuals and society.    
For more information, read this NCTSN fact sheet for child-serving professionals.
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